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28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.

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Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.

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Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.

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Kyiv Kino

Cinema of Hungary

Six days, five films, and from a country not usually noted for its contribution to the film industry. Yet Hungarys role in the cinematic world carries a pedigree both inside and outside the countrys borders. Hungarians played a huge role in movies on both sides of the Atlantic take William Fox, the founder of Fox Studios, Adolph Zukor, who established Paramount Pictures, or Alexander Korda, who played a leading role in starting Britains film industry. Cinemas Golden Age may be in the past but Hungarys contribution to the world of film continues and the best will be showcased in Kyiv this coming week.

Made in Hungaria
Directed by Gergely Fonyo (2009, 109′)
Romantic comedy is the theme of the IV Annual Contemporary Hungarian Cinema Festival and headlining the festival is Made in Hungaria a musical/romantic comedy that garnered an award at the Granada International Film Festival of Young Filmmakers in 2009 as Best Feature Film. It tells the tale of a teenage boy, Miki during the spring of 1963. It is a time when everybody in Hungary wants to escape to the West, but Miki, and his parents return to Budapest after four years living in the United States. 
16 May at 17.45
20 May at 19.00

Nine and a Half Dates
Directed by Tamas Sas (2007, 100′)
Author David is living the high life; the media loves him and hes always surrounded by women. That is, until his rich girlfriend dumps him and his publisher sues him for not delivering a new book in three years. David is completely broke. His publishing company gives him an ultimatum: if he manages to write a book within ten days, hell get paid and get his reputation back. They even give him the books subject: why are there so many lonely young women these days?
17 May at 17.00
21 May at 19.00

Just Sex and Nothing Else
Directed by Krisztina Goda (2005, 90′)
After a bad break-up with a man she didnt realise was married and had children, Dora decides she is through with love and men. She now only wants a man to father a child and then never see him again.
17 May at 19.00
18 May at 17.00
20 May at 17.00

S.O.S Love! The Million Dollar Contract
Directed by Tamas Sas (2011, 100′)
A group of Hungarian matchmakers are tasked with making a Hollywood star fall in love with a Russian businessmans spoiled brat sister. They will get one million dollars if they succeed, but if they fail, they pay with their lives...
18 May at 19.00



Polygamy
Directed by Denes Orosz (2009, 85′)
Andras and Lila have been together for five years and all is going well. He is a famous writer. She teaches at university. One day, Andras love for Lila starts to fade. Even Lilas pregnancy doesnt rejuvenate his feelings. He now finds his life boring. Neither his best friend nor a psychologist is of any help. And then fate sends him a gift.
19 May at 19.00
21 May at 17.00
* all films are shown in their original language with subtitles in Ukrainian and English

IV Annual Contemporary Hungarian Cinema Festival
Kyiv Cinema (V Vasylkivska 19), 16 21 May
Tickets: 3040hrv, 234-3380

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    Ukraine Truth
    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.


    Kyiv Culture

    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.

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